How the masses found Manassas…
Blog Guy, I am really pumped about the Civil War 150th anniversary stuff coming up. Aren’t you?
You bet. I went to the Manassas reenactment over the weekend, and loved it! What I saw was First Manassas, as opposed to Second Manassas, which happened a year later.
Yep, just like Rocky movies. I already have my tickets for Gettysburg III.
Anyway, it was very hot, and the troops were drinking from these round canteens. Where do you suppose the soldiers bought those?
From the general store or snack shop on their base?
Yes, they got their canteens from the Canteen.
Did you know the Confederates had spies and accomplices working for them in the North?
Yes, I did know that the Confederates had some, um, confederates. Curse you, Blog Guy!
Do you think the Confederates’ confederates drank from Canteen canteens?
It turns out, the whole Manassas battle pivoted on the Rebels getting their broken bayonets back from the repair shop in time.
How do you know that?
Our guide said they attacked with “fixed bayonets.”
That’s enough! Hey, Blog Guy, wasn’t Manassas also called Bull Run?
No, you’re thinking of Pamplona.
Top: Union forces fire on Confederate lines during the reenactment of the Battle of First Manassas/Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia July 23, 2011. The event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first major conflict of the Civil War.
Right: Young Civil War reenactor takes a swig from his canteen in the Confederate Army camp on a blistering hot day in Manassas, Virginia July 21, 2011.
Left: A Confederate soldier prepares for battle during the reenactment, July 23, 2011.
Bottom left: A Confederate commander shouts an order to his men during the reenactment, July 23, 2011.
REUTERS photos by Kevin Lamarque